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About the company

Miena’s Irish Handmade Nougat was established by owner Willemien Rust in 2012 in the Glen of Imaal in Co. Wicklow. Inspired by a ‘Start Your Own Business’ course through the Wicklow Enterprise Board, Miena’s nougat is produced in a specially designed kitchen where all products are individually wrapped for added care and attention.

The company adds nothing artificial to its multi award winning nougat which is inspired by timeless recipes, with a fusion of South African, Irish and continental influences.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Commitment to Responsible Sourcing

Miena’s are currently organising and implementing a supplier survey, which is to be sent to all suppliers of their raw materials. This will be used to identify the sustainability credentials of potential and current suppliers, allowing the company to choose the most environmentally friendly suppliers to work with.

Commitment to Health & Nutrition

Miena's places focus on employee health and wellbeing by offering a selection of herbal and organic teas, fruit and nuts in the staff canteen.

Exemplary Performance Target Areas

Minimum Origin Green Targets Required Annually = 4

Spotlight Target Area: Energy

Miena’s became a member of Origin Green in 2017 and established a 5 year sustainability plan with clear timelines and targets. The company works from the principle that operating as efficiently as possible and implementing robust environmental standards will have a positive impact upon the company’s bottom line. Miena’s utilises limited ingredients within production and orders in bulk through careful planning to reduce unnecessary waste.

Throughout 2019, the company reflected a strong performance, excelling in particular across the target areas of energy and community engagement. 

Careful Monitoring for Great Results

Within the energy target area, the company set an ambitious target of reducing overall energy usage per unit by 20% over a five year period. While the business continues to grow, energy usage is carefully monitored day-to-day within the company. This is reflected in the fact that Miena’s has already surpassed its five year energy target 12 months ahead of schedule. 

The company will continue to adopt and implement sound energy management practices with the aim of further reductions and cost savings over the remainder of its sustainability plan. 

Making nougat from home with people who’s company I enjoy, means I’m never working, I am just doing what I love. 

Willemien Rusk, CEO


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